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Ohio Republican Rep. Anthony Gonzalez’s vote in favor of impeaching President Donald Trump Wednesday went against the majority of his party, and could ultimately cost him the support of some constituents.

Unlike typical legislative actions, an impeachment vote garners more attention from constituents, said Case Western Reserve University Associate Professor of Political Science Justin Buchler.

An Ohio State University researcher is looking into ways news media can address the spread of misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine, with a boost from a $450,000 grant as part of Google’s work to create resources for covering the pandemic.

The general public has better access to health information and is more informed overall than during previous pandemics and major disease outbreaks, OSU Political Science Assistant Professor Thomas Wood said. But that hasn’t stopped the spread of misinformation.

Thirteen municipalities in Lake County are banding together to help residents address the cost of erosion on lakefront properties.

The cities are working to create a special improvement district, or SID, to help lower the financial risk and obligations of erosion protection, including offering targeted loan options.

Holden Arboretum is still working to repair damages from heavy snowfall and winds in early December, as more severe weather moved through Ohio over Christmas.

The Dec. 1 storm damaged roughly 350 trees around the arboretum, said Vice President of Horticulture and Collections Caroline Tait, along with 26 more at the botanical gardens in University Circle.

“It’s not something, unfortunately, done and dusted in a day,” Tait said. “Even though the storm was only one day, the impact lasts a bit longer.”

Updated: 4:21 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020

The state will provide vaccines to school staff in early 2021 to encourage a return to in-person learning, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced Wednesday.

Any school moving from remote to in-person learning will have access to vaccines for adults working in the buildings as part of the state’s second stage of vaccine distribution, the governor said, which is coming after healthcare workers and those living and working in congregate care settings are vaccinated.

Forty years after the murder of Sister Dorothy Kazel and three other missionary women in El Salvador, members of the Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland continue work to preserve their legacies.

Local Catholic institutions are planning virtual events for Wednesday to honor the anniversary of their deaths.

Kazel was abducted by five members of the Salvadoran National Guard after a trip to the airport on Dec. 2, 1980, along with her fellow missionary Jean Donovan and Maryknoll Sisters Maura Clarke and Ita Ford. The women were raped and later murdered by the guardsmen.

Local restaurant and shop owners are concerned about the impact another potential shutdown would have on their businesses after Gov. Mike DeWine said Wednesday the state may order another round of closures if the current coronavirus surge continues.

The state will evaluate virus numbers again Nov. 19 before deciding whether to shut down restaurants, bars and fitness centers.

James Harrison (left) and Robert Hatchett (right) visited the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections to cast their votes in person after absentee ballots requested through homeless voter registration drives never arrived.
Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless

Some absentee ballots requested by members of Cleveland's homeless community have not been received despite being listed as sent out, the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless (NEOCH) said Monday.

The U.S. Census will end at 6 a.m. Friday morning, after the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in favor of the Trump Administration’s efforts to halt the count. Local workers say stopping the process now will hurt the communities that still have low response rates.

Updated: 2:10 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020

The Ashtabula River is on its way to being removed from a list of areas of concern for environmental degradation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler said Wednesday during a visit to Cleveland for an update on Lake Erie and the surrounding watershed.

“We are within sight of the finish line in terms of returning Ohio’s rivers to health again so they can again become a place where people can swim, play, catch fish, and generally enjoy what this great state has to offer,” Wheeler said.

An ongoing battle in federal court has caused confusion on when the 2020 U.S. Census will actually end, but while that gets sorted out, Cuyahoga County officials are still pushing to increase the region’s response rate ahead of next week’s deadline.

Many Ohio day cares have remained open for much of the pandemic, with protections in place to help limit the risk of an outbreak. Staff and children have to wear masks and wash their hands more frequently, many centers have taken additional steps to sanitize buildings, and the number of children in one room has been reduced.

But all that extra work doesn’t erase Northeast Ohio parents’ concerns about sending children to day care.

City officials have approval from the Cleveland City Council Safety Committee to apply for a U.S. Department of Justice grant that would provide funding for Operation Legend, formerly known as Operation Relentless Pursuit.

The nearly $8 million grant would reimburse the city for the salaries and benefits of 30 Cleveland police officers, to be hired as part of task forces meant to break up large-scale crime in the city. The first wave of officers have already been selected, said Justin Herdman, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

Some students are back at school starting Monday in the Willoughby-Eastlake School District and administrators are enacting new policies to prevent spread of the coronavirus. But the protection comes with a price tag.

Willoughby-Eastlake received about $1.2 million from the federal CARES Act, said Superintendent Steve Thompson. But coronavirus-related expenditures – including masks and disinfecting supplies – could total between $3.5 million and $4 million for the district this year, he said.

Political ads calling out President Donald Trump’s attempt to start a boycott against Goodyear could continue through the November election, as Democrats attempt to sway locals to vote blue.

Last week on Twitter, Trump advocated for a boycott of Goodyear after an employee at a Kansas plant posted an alleged photo of company policy banning political attire in the workplace, including items with the "Make America Great Again” and “Blue Lives Matter” slogans.